New Manchester United boss David Moyes finds himself under pressure already after guiding the Champions to their worst start to a season in nine years.
And the last thing he can afford to do is have to explain how United managed to lose to two bitter rivals in a week, which will no doubt add to the weight of pressure currently stacked up on his shoulders.
And if the pressure of a potential cup exit wasn’t bad enough for Moyes, the news that Brendan Rodgers will have Luis Suarez available after his 10-match suspension means his hopes of an easy ride against a weakened Liverpool side are over.
Liverpool haven’t won at Old Trafford since 2009, but they do have a good record against United in this competition – three wins and a loss in their four previous League Cup meetings. And if it’s records like that one that gives Liverpool hope of a first Old Trafford victory in four years, it’s also worth noting that their unbeaten in their last six away matches in all competitions.
Despite the rivalry between these two sides, we can still expect both managers to make several changes to the ones we saw in the Premier League over the weekend.
Nani and Wilfried Zaha are both expected to start for the hosts, but Robin van Persie is set to miss out again as he struggles to overcome a groin strain. Brendan Rodgers will be without Glen Johnson, Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen, although Daniel Agger could feature after a rib injury.
Moyes’ side will want to put their humiliation at the hands of Manchester City behind them, but Liverpool will be equally desperate to add to United’s so-called ‘downfall’ since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Liverpool also have a disappointing result to get over – their 1-0 home loss to Southampton at the weekend – and they’ll be confident of doing just that now they’ve got Luis Suarez back in the side. Suarez was Liverpool’s goal-machine last season and, aside from being such an important team player, he’ll want to get back in amongst the goals for personal reasons too.
With all things considered, this Capital One Cup round three tie has everything about it to be a classic.